5 tips for applying to dental school as a foreign-trained dentist

“Congratulations on your acceptance to our dental program.”

No, I was not dreaming! In that one moment, all those tears and sleepless nights, hours of prepping plastic teeth, days of interview preparation and hundreds of dollars spent on applications and travel felt worth it. This is the one email every experienced dentist seeking to practice in the U.S. yearns to see in their inbox.

Yes, the most daunting yet exciting time for foreign-trained dentists applying to U.S. international dental programs is around the corner. How can you stand out and make the process less stressful? Here are five tips based on my recent experience applying to and graduating from an advanced doctoral program.

Career Compass

Who’s serving whom? Fulfillment through public health dentistry

WelcomeHealth Northwest Arkansas Free Health Center was my first dental observation at a nonprofit healthcare facility. Here I experienced patient-centered care in its true form. One particular encounter with a mother and her eight-year-old daughter changed my perception of the dental profession and inspired me to pursue a career in public health.

The mother spoke fluent Spanish and limited English. Her daughter, the patient that day, served as the translator for her own primary tooth extraction. The two-member dental staff and I spoke only limited Spanish.

Travel + Leisure

Easy-to-style essentials for summer trips

Isn’t packing for a trip weird? A trip of purported pleasure carries you to a distant land, to which you can only bring a small portion of your stuff.

“What do I bring?” you shout back at life. Don’t worry, you can make it really easy on yourself. I want what I packed to be so easy and versatile I could fall into my duffel and come out in something cohesive. That’s how effortless travel dressing should be. Let’s explore a few of my gender-neutral summer travel essentials.

Science + Tech

White coat syndrome causes and risks

Around family and friends, people tend to be comfortable and relaxed. However, around doctors or anyone wearing a white coat, some patients experience a slight spike in their blood pressure, displaying the phenomenon known as white coat syndrome. Whether it’s a patient’s first time with a medical professional or an unpleasant memory of a previous visit, there is a vast range of causes for and risks to white coat syndrome.